Why a Simulation?
Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.
CAPS is not a game. It is based on real Community Action clients and their lives. CAPS exists to:
Promote Poverty Awareness
During the simulation, role-play a month in poverty and experience low-income families' lives.
After the simulation, you will unpack your learning and brainstorm community change.
Inspire Local Change
Together, you can be a voice to end poverty in your family, friends and community.
During the Poverty Simulation...you will work together with your family to live a month in poverty.
About the Simulation
Your Simulated "community" is a large room. You and your neighbors' "homes" are chairs in the center. The services you need like banks, schools and grocery stores are tables that line the perimeter of the room.
Like real life, you need transportation to work or school. You need food on the table. You might struggle with a chronic illness. Throughout the month you will face the daily stresses and challenges a person in poverty faces.
Again, this simulation is not a game. It is based on the stories of real-life Community Action clients.